October 13th, 2008
08:12 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain aide: 'Turnaround' starts today

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(CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Monday is delivering a new speech that a senior aide says he thinks "will begin a turnaround for the campaign" as Election Day approaches.

"Sen. McCain will offer a frank assessment of the state of the election and the state of affairs for our country.

"The theme is the new direction that Sen. McCain will take the country through his specific plans for creating jobs, helping those nearing retirement, keeping people in their homes and curbing spending," the aide said.

McCain's speech comes the same day that Democratic candidate Barack Obama is laying out his economic rescue plan for the middle class.

The Republican presidential candidate will "speak directly to people's fears and worries about the state of our economy and the other challenges we face," the aide said.

McCain will also lay out what he sees as the differences between himself and Obama on experience, judgment and courage in the face of a national crisis, according to the aide.

McCain surrogate Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the Republican nominee would unveil new proposals to "jump-start the nation's economy" over the final weeks of the presidential campaign, but the aide said there would be no new proposals on Monday.

McCain has events scheduled in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina, on Monday.

There are just 22 days left until the election, and according to CNN's most recent poll of polls, Obama leads McCain by 8 percentage points, 49 to 41 percent.

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. I'll pray that it doesn't

    I just got religious. Four more years of disaster please God help us.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Sue T

    Palin keeps saying she is not guilty of wrong doing? Is this what we want in the White House, some one that doesn't know Right from Wrong when it comes to ethics.......When this election is over I will bet that the Republicans will admit that they lost this election because of Sarah Palin.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    List for obama Acorn of people that is illegal to register to vote during any election

    1-dead people(zombies)
    2-illegal alien (yes little green people to)
    3-criminals ( person w/a criminal record)
    4-fictional characters (mama joe or papa joe)
    5-cartoon characters (mickey mouse , scooby doo)
    6- super heroes (superman , spider man , ironman)
    7- new people ( babies , children , not of age to vote)
    8-crazy people ( a person w/ mental problems)
    9- and many other reasons

    personal comment: if McCain losses this election is because obamas fraud machine Acorn.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Three weeks to election day...guess it is time to try something new?
    Looks like they are trying to make news but the problem is all their news is bad.
    First, they encourage rage and hate at their rallies, now McCain is soft and forgiving. What are all of these ideas he has been holding on to? Why is that most of them sound as if they were taken from someone else?

    Sorry, Senator, your goods are way too damaged now. In choosing, a completely unqualified poser as a running mate, you have potentially put this country in severe danger. Your judgment is bad and cannot be forgiven.

    Sorry, right wingers, you still have nothing. Tax hikes, Ayers, ACORN, it's nothing but mud you keep throwing hoping something will stick.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. This Dude has lost his bearings and is so erratic

    If this is an example of how he will run this Country then no wonder your behind in the polls. He has no plans, no vision for this country. He is just trying anything he can to win which is not enough for me because I want a real plan not pandering.Which is what Barack has to offer. He and that women has divided this country and has caused vandalism with their evil rhetoric in some States. This Country is in deep doo doo to put it frankly and I have been sickened by watching this character and his lynch women putting on a show for the past two weeks. They have proven to us that they could care less about what's happening to this country by focusing on unimportant things that mean nothing to us in a time of crisis. They really are out of touch and don't know that we wouldn't respond to such trivia as Ayres. I am done with these CLOWNS and no matter what he say's now it's just another LIE to add to the many he has tried to sell to the American people. Palin is an abuser of authority which represents Bush tactics, I nor my family will ever vote for these nut jobs.

    October 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Voice of Reason

    I spent money supporting you Mr. McCain....I should have went to the slot machines instead.

    You need to stop the hateful rhetoric spewing from your #2. VERY Un-American.

    October 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Jason

    As much as I want to be angry with him for the past week's despicable, vile hate-mongering, whenever McCain talks like this, I can't help but pity him.

    Go home, John. You deserve the rest. Leave the future to us.

    October 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Sean

    "Turnaround"? You mean he's going to run an honest, respectful campaign for once? Yeah right?

    October 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Hypocrits for Obama

    All the candidates in the democratic primaries were DEMOCRATS- yet AAs all ended up voting for one candidate- the half black one.

    Roland Martin and other AA pundits claiming that AAs ALWAYS vote democrat are ONLY looking at the GE. What was the reason during the primaries?

    OH...and...Is it the Bradley effect when John Kerry and Al Gore lost the GEs even with bigger leads in the polls than Obama has?

    Looks like the pro-Obama media is looking to fan the flames of racial tension by their race-baiting biased reporting.

    October 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Rusty Miller

    Does CNN ever allow any comments that support an opposing view on their blog?!?!?!?!?!? Pretty biased if you ask me!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Paul

    What ever McCain does from this point on does not change a thing. His past record in the senate plus this campaign just can't disappear.
    His choice of Palin can't just disappear, he may try a new 'clean' campaign approach but the damage is done. He has more 'flip' than Flipper.

    October 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Women for Obama/Biden

    Its amazes me when i hear SJM talk about he knows HOW TO WIN WARS!, KNOWS HOW TO TURN THE ECONOMY AROUND!! Can someone pls ask him which war did he win? and which economy has he ever turned around? America has never been into any such economic crisis before...The two wars he has been actively involved in was never won....What is S JMac talking about? He know how to do it...?
    Obama on the other hand has always offer proven solutions... which both RNC and DEM analyst have always found applicable and right...the only thing they dont like about Obama/Biden's policies are the taxes and the reason is obvious ...most of them make more than $250,000.00 a year..

    October 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Carole

    Did not work for Hillary John!

    I was proud of you finally stepping up against the negative and dishonorable type of comments made by your running mate.

    **I cannot vote with Palin on the ticket. She scares me.

    October 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. JENNY


    October 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!


    October 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Nicko

    "Turnaround starts today"

    Sounds more like it's just this week's desperate attempt at confusing/tricking people into thinking McCain belongs in the White House...which he most certainly does not.

    Just go home McCain, your time is over and myself and millions of others are thankful for that.

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain has nowhere to go but down... Troopergate Palin was a HUGE mistake.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Nancy

    TOO LATE JOHN!!!!!!! AND CNN, you are getting so conservative in all of your articles-both on TV and here. What is going on? Trying to compete with FOX? More and more are leaving here for MSNBC. You might want to think about why that is!? You are giving McCain so much coverage it is ridiculous. I think maybe you are upset you aren't getting interviews with Palin? Is that it?? They are through – McCain and Palin are unethical and have nothing to offer this country.

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Sherry

    I would like my opinions posted please lol..........we all have the same rights you know lol...........I'm tired of being moderated lol on every issue I comment about lol.......c'mon get with the program.........who are you supporting? McCain and Palin? lol........

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. j

    There he goes, changing his campaign again. How many versions is it going to take before he get's it right. For a senior politician with all that experience he sure is flailing around alot. This is a clear example of how he'll run the country. One idea one day and 180 degrees the next.

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |

    Turn Around My Foot. You mean they have come up with a lie to try and sell the American people in order to get into the White House. I don't know about rest of America but after watching some the Hate Debate Stomps that McCain/Palin has done within the past week was just sickening.

    People want to bring up Rev Wright w/ the Obama situation but the thing people fail to see is that Palin allowed for the destructive comments at her rally. Obama was not there when Wright made those remarks but he denounced them and gave a speech on television. Cmon Haters.

    October 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Mike

    I hope "Turn Around" means a turn away from the lies and hatred that permeated the Republican rallies last week.

    October 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Connie

    Let Lindsay Graham explain, the country is going to hell in a hand basket and John McSenile is going on David Letterman show, is this country first.I voted early and VOTED OBAMA/BIDEN.If Indiana is to stupid this year to vote blue, I will move to a smarter state.
    Connie from Indiana

    October 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Wise White Guy

    There have been so many turns in your campaign already John. It really does not matter what you do at this point because you have shown you do not have any real intelligence and leadership. You have shown it over and over and over. You have shown your true character also with the ridiculous attacks and now you want to pretend you didn't lie to us about a thousand times to our faces. Here is a little clue for you. We have something called the internet. On that thing there are things called youtube and factcheckers. You have a red balance in my trust account so you can just go away and try to pretend you still have some dignity. I will be voting for change and so will all of my friends. Obama/Biden

    October 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Seth

    Why does your pollng map show Barrack up by 12 points in VA, yet your electoral college maps shows it as a "toss-up"?

    October 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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